News & Events

What's happening in the mental health community

News relevant to the Department of Psychiatry will be posted here in between issues of Headlines.

Dr. Phil Tibbo featured in National Post special awareness section on Mental Health

Dr. Phil Tibbo, the Paul Janssen Chair in Psychotic Disorders and the Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program, was featured in the March 22 issue of the National Post. The Post, in partnership with Mediaplanet Canada featured a Mental Health cross-media campaign; an 8-page special awareness section.  

The campaign is a wonderful spread, to educate on underrepresented mental health issues that so many Canadians face each day, especially in the workplace.

Ms. Laura Burke, drama therapist with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, is also featured.

You can read Dr. Tibbo's piece on early intervention services for psychosis, as well as the rest of the feature here.


W.O. McCormick Academic Day

When: April 25, 2014, 8:00am-4:30pm
Where: The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax NS.

This year Academic Day will focus on Addicitions and Mental Health. Further information on presenters and talks can be found in the event flyer [PDF - 166KB]

Register Now!


2014 Medical Student on Becoming a Doctor Essay Contest

The selected winner of the creative writing contest will receive up to $1000 for reimbursement of travel expenses to attend the 2014 AAP Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, September 17-20, where s/he will present the essay. The theme is: The Art of Communication in Psychiatry: Connecting With The Patient.

Submission Requirements
The contest is open to any student who is both currently enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada and will be enrolled at the time of the Annual Meeting. The work must be an original unpublished essay of 2000 words or less.

Essays should be submitted electronically as a *.doc, *.txt or *.rtf email attachment to and should include a cover page with the following information:

  • Student’s Name
  • Name of Medical School where enrolled, year in school
  • Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email Address

Selection Criteria 
Judges will be blinded to the participant and affiliated medical school. Judging will be based on originality, uniqueness, flow of thought, and appropriateness to the theme. The winner must be able to attend the Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting as indicated above.

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2014

For additional inquiries, contact Rebecca Tamas, MD, Medical Student Education Caucus chair, at


PsychSIGN National Conference

When: May 2-4, 2014
Where: New York City

We are offering to provide the travel costs for one student from Dalhousie Medicine to attend the annual Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (psychSIGN) conference that is held in conjunction each year with American Psychiatric Association conference. The psychSIGN conference is otherwise free for students to attend (registration, accommodations and some meals).

For full details please see the event flyer [PDF - 184KB]


CACBT Meeting

When: May 23-24
Where: Dalhousie University Studen Union Building

On May 23-24 the 4th annual CACBT-ACTCC meeting takes place in Halifax. There will be cutting edge workshops and speaker events showcasing advances in the science and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Register by April 15 to recieve the early-bird rate!

See the event flyer for full details [PDF - 456KB]

Register now!


SAVE THE DATE - 65th Anniversary Celebration Event

When: June 20, 2014
Where: Westin Nova Scotian Hotel

The Department of Psychiatry is celebrating 65 years of excellence in academics. We’ll be hosting an event to commemorate this achievement. If you are a current or past faculty member or resident, or a current staff member please mark June 20 on your calendar! More details to follow.